How do you know you are ready to tackle a mountain summit?
How do you know you are ready to take on a trek up a mountain?
Our philosophy is based in seeing your strength when you are fresh, then go through the paces of going up, then reassess your strength following. As the pre and post strength numbers approach equality, then we know how tolerant your system is handling the mountain environment. When you have a proper assessment, then you can design your programming.
With this philosophical perspective in place, then you need to go assess your level of fitness and have means of comparing it to what would be necessary to attempt a summit. This can be done by first looking at a basic physical fitness assessment which combines cardiovascular and strength abilities. You can use our general mountain fitness assessment available for free in our store. This gives a starting point to understand how your fitness is progressing through your training cycles.
In addition, it is preferable to understand how your body is managing food and recovery while you train through your cycles. Monitoring bowel movement quality and sleep can be simple tools to understand how your body is managing recovery after the stress from training.
Finally, for some with personal challenges or those tackling larger mountains, you will need a more challenging and specific fitness assessment to match those demands. It would be ideal to take on a full assessment of how your body handles pack load on mountain terrain and in hypoxic conditions. To further understand this assessment, please review our Mountain Fitness Assessment protocol.
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Disclaimer: Rich Rife and Mountain Fitness Research, Inc are neither physicians, healthcare providers, physical therapists nor dieticians and the information presented on this site written, in video or in audio are experimental, experiential, and exploratory in nature. Before beginning any diet or fitness program, you should visit your primary healthcare provider to determine your status to proceed.